On the prison world of Zartak, darkness has fallen on arbitrators and inmates alike. The Night Lords have come, and with them the shadow of fear and pain. But they are not the only ones with an interest in Zartak. From the void, running on silent, another fleet emerges. Its warriors are grey-clad and white-faced, and their eyes are as black as the Outer Dark – the savage Carcharodon Astra. As these two packs of ancient, merciless predators stalk the shadows of the prison colony, both seeking a single young inmate with unnatural talents, the corridors run red, and both factions will have to fight tooth and claw to leave Zartak alive…
This review comes in a bit late due to me finding the right words to describe this novel. In a few words, to me personally, this was fresh and duanting at the same time, in a good way.
Starting of with the specific Space Marines Chapters involved. I have never heard of nor read anything where the Night Lords or Cacharodons were involved. These two chapters were the perfect opponents for one another. As little as I knew about both, I was still fed titbits of information that helped me understand both sides better, this happens without dragging the story on. The setting was dark and closterphobic at times (taking place on a prison world where you serve your sentance mining what the planet is known for), it had action, it had a good plot and the writing was great aswell. This was also my first Robbie MacNiven novel.
I won’t be partaking in spoilers therefore I won’t be going into the story too much. What I did like of Carcharodons: Red Tithe the novel was that each chapter had a sort of data transmission of an Inquisitor investigating the Planet of Zartak and what he finds. This puts the events of what transpires between the Carcharodons and the Night Lords in the past, I feel it was brilliantly done. What was also new to me was reading about the Adeptus Arbites, 40K’s very own Prison Wardens faction. I have never been told about their role within the 40K setting and have recently found out that I have a few more books where they feature, looking forward to that.
I gave this a 4 out of 5 on GR and would most definatly recommend it to fellow WH40K fans, also for those that know about the Knight Lords but not yet know of the shark inspired Carcharodons Astrates. I also would like to mention that since my review went up on GR it has been liked by the author himself. This makes my heart swell with pride. Just feel I shouldve said some more…
This concludes my review of Red Tithe, I will be looking out for more on this Chapter. Have you heard of this/read this at all?